How To Choose The Best Car For Tall And Short Drivers Page 2

March 25, 2011

Don’t forget arm rest capability. While we’re at it, if you’re on the road for any length of time, you’ll need somewhere to rest your arm at some point. If there is no console that comes standard in the car you’re considering, check into adding one as an option. Better yet is a flexible console that slides forward or backward as needed, available in some vehicles. The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey (EX and above) has a removable front center console.

Ease of entry/exit should be on your list. If all else meets your requirements inside the cabin, also take into consideration how easy it is to enter and exit the vehicle. If shorter drivers need a step-stool or side-rail to allow entry/exit, that’s not exactly comfortable or convenient.

Also consider window placement and overall visibility. Sit behind the wheel and make sure that you can see clearly through all the windows. Are there blind spots caused by intrusive pillars or too sloping of a rear hatchback glass?

If what you want isn’t standard, consider paying extra for options. Many of the features that will be best for tall and short drivers will be standard equipment. But if what you really need doesn’t come standard, that doesn’t mean it’s not available. Ask if you can get the feature as an extra cost item. Be aware, however, that some come bundled in technology or convenience packages.

For more information on some of the models mentioned here, check out reviews in TheCarConnection, including this review of the 2011 Honda Odyssey, and overview of the 2011 BMW 3-Series.

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